Effects of hyaluronic acid on peripheral nerve scarring and regeneration in rats
ABSTRACT The purpose of this experimental study was to investigate the effects of topical applications of hyaluronic acid on peripheral nerve scarring and regeneration in an adult rat model. After the right sciatic nerves of 48 rats were transected and immediately repaired, nerves were randomly divided into two groups. Nerves to which were applied hyaluronic acid comprised the experimental group, and nerves to which were applied saline comprised the control group. Perineural scarring was evaluated at 4 and 12 weeks macroscopically and histologically. Nerves treated with hyaluronic acid demonstrated significant reduction in perineural scar thickness (P < 0.05, Student's t-test). Histomorphologic nerve analysis, electrophysiologic studies, muscle mass evaluation, and serial functional walking-track analysis were performed for evaluation of peripheral nerve regeneration at 12 weeks. The results showed better conduction velocities, increased axon-fiber diameter, and faster functional recovery in hyaluronic acid-treated nerves (P < 0.05, Student's t-test). In conclusion, hyaluronic acid appears to be effective in preventing perineural scar formation, resulting in enhancement of peripheral nerve regeneration.
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ABSTRACT: The permeability characteristics of biomaterials are critical parameters for a variety of implants. To analyse the permeability of membranes made from crosslinked ultrathin gelatin membranes and the transmigration of cells across the membranes, we combined three technical approaches: (1) a two-chamber-based permeability assay, (2) cell culturing with cytochemical analysis and (3) biochemical enzyme electrophoresis (zymography). Based on the diffusion of a coloured marker molecule in conjunction with photometric quantification, permeability data for a gelatin membrane were determined in the presence or absence of gelatin degrading fibroblasts. Cytochemical evaluation after cryosectioning of the membranes was used to ascertain whether fibroblasts had infiltrated the membrane inside. Zymography was used to investigate the potential release of proteases from fibroblasts, which are known to degrade collagen derivatives such as gelatin. Our data show that the diffusion equilibrium of a low molecular weight dye across the selected gelatin membrane is approached after about 6-8 h. Fibroblasts increase the permeability due to cavity formation in the membrane inside without penetrating the membrane for an extended time period (>21 days in vitro). Zymography indicates that cavity formation is most likely due to the secretion of matrix metalloproteinases. In summary, the combination of the depicted methods promises to facilitate a more rational development of biomaterials, because it provides a rapid means of determining permeability characteristics and bridges the gap between descriptive methodology and the mechanistic understanding of permeability alterations due to biological degradation.Biomedical Materials 09/2008; 3(3):034119. DOI:10.1088/1748-6041/3/3/034119 · 2.92 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Artificial tissue engineering scaffolds can potentially provide support and guidance for the regrowth of severed axons following nerve injury. In this study, a hybrid biomaterial composed of alginate and hyaluronic acid (HA) was synthesized and characterized in terms of its suitability for covalent modification, biocompatibility for living Schwann cells and feasibility to construct three dimensional (3D) scaffolds. Carbodiimide mediated amide formation for the purpose of covalent crosslinking of the HA was carried out in the presence of calciumions that ionically crosslink alginate. Amide formation was found to be dependent on the concentrations of carbodiimide and calcium chloride. The double-crosslinked composite hydrogels display biocompatibility that is comparable to simple HA hydrogels, allowing for Schwann cell survival and growth. No significant difference was found between composite hydrogels made from different ratios of alginate and HA. A 3D BioPlotter™ rapid prototyping system was used to fabricate 3D scaffolds. The result indicated that combining HA with alginate facilitated the fabrication process and that 3D scaffolds with porous inner structure can be fabricated from the composite hydrogels, but not from HA alone. This information provides a basis for continuing in vitro and in vivo tests of the suitability of alginate/HA hydrogel as a biomaterial to create living cell scaffolds to support nerve regeneration.09/2013; 7(3). DOI:10.1007/s11706-013-0211-y
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ABSTRACT: Traumatic injuries to the brain and spinal cord of the central nervous system (CNS) lead to severe and permanent neurological deficits and to date there is no universally accepted treatment. Owing to the profound impact, extensive studies have been carried out aiming at reducing inflammatory responses and overcoming the inhibitory environment in the CNS after injury so as to enhance regeneration. Artificial scaffolds may provide a suitable environment for axonal regeneration and functional recovery, and are of particular importance in cases in which the injury has resulted in a cavitary defect. In this review we discuss development of scaffolds for CNS tissue engineering, focusing on mechanism of CNS injuries, various biomaterials that have been used in studies, and current strategies for designing and fabricating scaffolds.03/2012; 6(1). DOI:10.1007/s11706-012-0157-5